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Poster: Fireshiata Date: Feb 25, 2005 1:22pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Terry Gilliam cartoon

When I was young, I fondly remember the film "The Great Escape" being broadcast for the first time, on ABC. This would probably be mid-sixies. The film was split in two, and shown on two consecutive nights. (saturday & sunday, maybe?)

Since the film ran a little short on the first night, a cartoon was run as filler for the last ten minutes. The basis of the film was 'how to make an animated film', and included the line "We will show you how to draw, how to animate, how to think up funny situations". It was a spoof, and I am convinced the animation was done or influenced by Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python).
During the following summer, the film was again shown as a re-run, and the same cartoon was included. I'm certain of this because I was so impressed that I made a point of recording the audio of both film and cartoon onto a cassette tape, and would listen to it every night when I was going to bed. The tape eventually wore out.
It seems like wishful thinking, but I want to suggest that the voiceover was done by Eric Idle.

Does this sound familiar to anyone, and would they have an idea where I might find it?

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Poster: cainmark Date: Mar 3, 2005 8:20am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Terry Gilliam cartoon

It's not Terry Gilliam. It's from 1961 (well before the Pythons). I saw it a long, long time ago. It's "The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit" with writing credits by Colin Pearson. The IMDB entry is here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145744/

This post was modified by cainmark on 2005-03-03 16:20:32

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Poster: FP Date: Feb 25, 2005 11:33pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Terry Gilliam cartoon

I saw what I think is the cartoon you describe, probably over twenty years ago. It was shown as filler on HBO. I don't think it was done by Terry Gilliam, but it was very funny.

Is this the cartoon that featured a simple shot of a cutout-animation arm moving a few inches, with the voiceover "That slight movement of the character's arm required over four hundred million drawings"?

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Poster: Fireshiata Date: Feb 26, 2005 1:03pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Terry Gilliam cartoon

yes. Now that you said it, that sounds right. The narration had Eric Idle's style, and I seem to remember the words "colonel boogey" being used as well...

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Poster: Bufflehead Date: Mar 3, 2005 2:02pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Terry Gilliam cartoon

This cartoon was created by Bob Godfrey, considered a precursor to Terry Gilliam and Nick Park. A VHS collection of his cartoons, including this one, "The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit," was released in 2000 as "The Cartoons of Bob Godfrey."